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Gunman shot by police charged with felonies

Officials on scene said a shotgun was recovered on Fairbanks Ave (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Adam Schrand) Officials on scene said a shotgun was recovered on Fairbanks Ave (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Adam Schrand)
Christian Jackson, 24, provided by Cincinnati Police. Christian Jackson, 24, provided by Cincinnati Police.

Cincinnati police shot and wounded an aggravated robbery suspect after the man ignored several orders to drop his shotgun and raised it at them, police officials said.

Christian Jackson, 24, is listed in critical condition and underwent surgery early Monday at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, said Lt. Tim Brown, the night chief.

Jackson faces two counts of felonious assault and is accused of pointing a loaded shotgun at Officers Jason Bolte. and James Davis. He also was charged with an additional count of aggravated burglary.

Police encountered the gunman just after midnight as they responded to a 911 call for a home invasion robbery. The caller, Jackson's ex-girlfriend, said the suspect had just burst into a Fairbanks Avenue residence.


When officers arrived, they saw Jackson at the corner of Warsaw and Fairbanks avenues. He was armed with the shotgun and also carried some stolen items. Officers ordered him to drop the weapon several times, but he refused.

They continued to order him to drop the shotgun. He backed up and released everything he was holding except the gun.

Then, he raised the weapon at the officers. Police said Jackson was shot at 11 times by two officers, Jason Bolte and James Davis. The Cincinnati Police Department said the two officers have not been involved in a shooting before Monday morning.

He ran two blocks before finally collapsing.

The officers were not hurt in the incident. They were interviewed by Cincinnati police homicide investigators, who investigate all police-involved shootings.

The officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, another customary move in police-involved shootings.

Jackson has an extensive criminal record with several arrests in the past five years, Hamilton County court records show.

Since 2011, he has been convicted of possession of a dangerous drug, possession of drugs, obstruction of official business and disorderly conduct.

He also was charged with domestic violence, felonious assault, assault and criminal damaging, but those charges ultimately were dropped.

"The second officer, the backup officer, had his cruiser cam on,” said Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell.

"We think it would have helped significantly. It just adds to the transparency of everything that we do,” Blackwell said, in addressing the need for body cameras.

In a memo from City Manager Harry Black last week, questions about the feasibility of a body cam program are raised.

He says if the city gets a $700,000 grant, it is “very likely” the money won't be enough to fund a plan of 600 cameras. In the memo, Black says, in part, “It is very likely that the grant will not be nearly sufficient to fund the full complement of 600 cameras.”

He believes that “significant additional funds” would be needed to “fully implement the program.” He estimates those costs to top $1 million.

He goes on to say, “There is significant additional funds that would be necessary to fully implement the program, both on the personnel side and the data collection and analysis side.”

He outlines much more of his assessment of the body camera program, as well as other options he sees as more feasible.

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